Baby, I’m Howling for You by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Baby, I'm Howling for YouBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Suspense

Book Series: Alphaville #1

Released: 1/30/18 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 304  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

My Review:

Ms. Warren is a hit or miss author for me yet I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to try her spin-off series Alphaville, after all its fun, and frustrating…, to be part of a great new series from the beginning, even if that means having to wait for future releases.  I was also offered a copy of the prequel novella so I already had a feeling this was going to be a fun read, having enjoyed Something to Howl About.

I was not disappointed!  This book was just as action-packed and steamy as its predecessor.  The book started with quite the nail-biting chase scene as the female lead Renny was literally running for her life and land in the lap of Mick who just happens to be her mate.  Not really a cute meet but definitely a memorable one.  Of course Mick is the typical stoic alpha male and Renny is a little more beta than I’m used to in my paranormal novels, but she does stand her ground from time to time and gives Mick a challenge to his domineering ways.

The plot is a bit dark yet timely for the current debate over the Me Too movement.  As it deals with issues of harassment, stalking, and touches on rape (no actual rape takes place in the book).  We get to know a few members of the community and I look forward to future books where we get a chance to explore the town and its residents.  I think the next book features one of the lion shifters of which there were two in this story.  I enjoyed them both, brother and sister, and one of them finding a mate might be a lot of fun.  Especially if the other sibling has protection issues.

This was a good read, took me longer than I thought it would but that was all on me no fault of the storyline.  When I found the time to sit down and read I was surprised at how quickly I consumed the pages. There was tons of action and suspense mixed in with just the right amount of steam.  If you are looking for a new shifter story to sink your teeth into then I would check this one out for sure!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Something to Howl About by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Something to Howl About (Alphaville, #0.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shifter, Novella

Book Series: Alphaville #0.5

Released: 1/2/18 by Swerve

Pages: 86 Price: $0.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don’t quite fit in in the “normal” shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home…if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it’s not much of a favor when you’re helping the hottest shifter in town…

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven’t had a child born in over a hundred years…and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn’t count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn’t about to let her go…

My Review:

I requested and was approved for the first book in this new series by Ms. Warren, Baby, I’m Howling For You.  A week or so later I was offered a copy of the prequel novella along with an invitation to join the blog tour.  Unfortunately, health issues prevented me from being able to join in the fun… I’m still battling the flu.  Anyway, I finally found a moment and motivation in wanting to finish just one more book before 2017 ends and decided to spend the afternoon reading this title.

I’m so glad I did because I now plan to spend the first day of 2018 devouring the next book!  This was such fun read that had me laughing at so many moments.  It was simply perfect!  There was humor, science (y) plot, relationship drama, and a really good steamy scene.  We have a smart sassy strong female lead and a horny yet bumbling commitaphobe mate that really puts his foot in his mouth.  My only complaint is that it was simply too short! The dialog was great and setting up of this new society was just right no info dump here but I didn’t feel lost either.  I do understand that this is to be a spin-off from her Others series but you do not have to have read that one to dive into this world.

I’ve not read a shifter series for a while and it looks like Alphaville is going to be a fun new playground for me to spend my reading time in.  This book while short had plenty to offer and I hope you go grab a copy for yourself after all the price is quite the deal. Perfect to get you hooked.  This was a great title to end my reading year on!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Wolver’s Reward by Jacqueline Rhoades

Book Review

 

XLRiver-cover (2)Book Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Series: #7 in the Wolver’s Series

Released: 3/17/16 by Author

Pages: 275  Price: $3.99 for E-Book

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I received a review copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Fate has played River for a fool. Again. He thought he’d earned the respect of a decent and admirable wolver pack. He was grateful for it. He was content…until they took it all away, and left him alone and angry. Again.
Yet Fate rewards him with another pack, one that needs his survival skills, and one where he meets the girl of his dreams, but River is no longer a fool. The beautiful Rebecca is an Alpha’s daughter. She can never be his and she knows it, too. But knowing the outcome, changes the game, and both River and Reb decide to play this one on their own, but different, terms.
What Fate knows, and River must learn, is that happiness comes when you least expect it, and finding a love worth fighting for is what brings a Wolver’s Reward.

My Review:

This is another review where I am not sure how I feel about the book yet and will hold off allotting stars until I work everything out in the review.  I adore this author and truly enjoy all of her series regardless of genre.  The Wolver’s is one of her earlier ones and it seems hard to believe we have been with this world for seven books already!  I have to confess this author is the one that won me over to shifter stories, before this series I was strictly a vamp fangirl.

So in this latest addition to the Wolver’s series we revisit a character that was introduced in book three as a young man.  Seems hard to believe that enough time has passed for River to be all grown up, so either there was a time jump or I am remembering him as younger than he was in book three.  Of course we also have a visit from everyone’s favorite match maker/meddler Eugene Begley to get the ball rolling for this story as he has with the others.  His is a fun character and I would love to see a prequel of how he ended up with such a vital role for the Wolver community.  I bet he has some interesting stories to share.

Back to River and Reb… I just have to come out and say it.  I struggled with River for a good part of the book.  In the end the author was able to win me over to him, like she always does, but I spent much of the book in a love/hate relationship with the character.  Perhaps hate is too strong of a word, more annoyance.  I so desperately wanted to knock that chip off his shoulder in the first half of the book and around the middle to end I wanted to knock some freaking sense into him.  Then I would switch and really identify with him and want to make everything better for this independent wolver.  I admired him throughout the entire book but so wanted to adjust his personality half the time.  Of course I believe some of my issue with him is I see some of his characteristics (anger, fear of abandonment) in myself, the very ones I seem to be struggling with lately.

Then there is Reb, who was a very sweet character and only annoyed me with her hang-ups over swearing.  It did lead to a cute running joke between her and River, but I would have been so tempted to up my cursing vocabulary if I were to interact with her in real life.  I think Reb was the perfect match for River though and was delighted to watch them come together.

This book also featured some fun supporting characters which is a trademark style for this author.  Ms. Rhoades excels at creating a community for her stories that you can’t help but fall in love with.  The danger felt a little more subdued in this story and it was more of an inner struggle that the characters needed to overcome to reach their H.E.A.

Over all this was a great addition to a well established world.  Probably not my favorite, but I still had a fun time and know I grew a little as a reader having some of my personal flaws reflected in the characters.  That is one of the things I love about reading fiction, the stories we escape to hold a mirror up to our own lives and let us see ourselves and others through a new set of eyes.  We can then take those experiences and see how we can learn to better ourselves.  If you are a fan of Ms. Rhoades you will not want to miss her latest addition to one of her original series.

My Rating: 4 Stars